The Benefits of Working from Home
Advantages of working from home
For some self-employed people, a home office is the best solution. Here are some of the main advantages of working from home over working elsewhere.
1. It cuts out the commute
Commuting can be a right pain. Whether it’s a two-hour train journey, an hour’s drive or a 20-minute walk, it takes time out of your day that you’ll never get back – and that’s before you take into account how long it takes to get ready in the morning.
When you work from home, you can be at your desk and ready to work within a few minutes of waking up, or getting some exercise in before you get stuck into your tasks – instead of stuck in traffic or crammed into a train carriage.
2. It costs less
The cost of office space can be high, depending on your particular needs and location, and if you’re just working by yourself it can feel like an unnecessary expense.
Whether you work from home or rent office space, you can claim some of the costs back, either as part of your tax-deductible self-employed expenses or as part of your capital allowance, but you can’t claim for buying or building a business premises.
3. It gives you more flexibility with your home life
Sometimes there are things you just need to be at home for. Whether it’s waiting in for the plumber or a parcel, if you’re working from home anyway then you have the flexibility to deal with the unexpected.
On top of that, there are the everyday tasks you can fit in around your work – from laundry to receiving online grocery deliveries. If you need a screen break or a rest from a manual task, you might have time to pop in a load of laundry or wash a few breakfast dishes before getting back to work.
4. You can set it up however you want
Maybe you need to be surrounded by plants, or keep your office environment at a certain temperature. Maybe you work best on the sofa with your laptop on your lap. Being at home gives you lots of flexibility when it comes to your workspace preferences.
Office spaces – particularly shared office spaces – can have more restrictions on what you are and aren’t allowed to do. Plus, if you spend money on decorating a rented space and then have to move out, you’ll be out of pocket in terms of time and effort, as well as money.
5. It’s more eco-friendly
Whether you drive or use public transport to get to your office, you’re increasing your carbon footprint. Working from home automatically takes that out of the equation.
In a rented office space, you’ll be constrained by the environmental practices of the whole building. They may not recycle or adhere to energy-efficient policies. When you work from home, you have much more control over how green your business is.